E-scooter company Lime sends rep to Missoula for 'informational' session

Members of the Missoula City Council zoomed around a downtown block on Wednesday on electric scooters made by the San Francisco company Lime, a venture capital-backed startup that’s famous for their shared, dockless bike and e-scooter rentals.

“I can definitely see the ‘joy’ aspect,” said council member Heidi West as she took off her helmet while fellow council member Michelle Cares nodded in agreement. “It’s fun.”

Jonathan Hopkins, the director of strategic development in the Northwest area for Lime, was in town to give the city council information about how the company works in other cities like Spokane, Boise and Ogden, Utah, which he said are similar markets to Missoula. He told the city council that taking a taxi is convenient, but e-scooters bring “joy” to the rider.

The company is interested in looking at Missoula as a potential new city to operate its e-scooters and bikes, but Hopkins said there are no firm plans yet. Meanwhile, the Missoula City Council is looking at updating regulations regarding shared mobility devices and scooter sharing programs and will discuss the issue at the Monday public hearing on June 17 at 7 p.m. in council chambers

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